Pirelli: New Tires Debut on 2013 Ducati Mutlistrada

Pirelli Angel GT Motorcycle Tires

The new Pirelli Angel GT tires debut on Basque soil in Bilbao for the unveiling of the latest arrival to the Ducati house, the Multistrada 1200 S Granturismo.

In fact, the new Angel GT sport touring tire in the 190/55 R17 size on the rear and 120/70 R17 on the front will be standard equipment on this brand new version of the appreciated Borgo Panigale model as yet another demonstration of the strong “made in Italy” partnership between the two companies.

Angel GT conveys Pirelli’s maximum DNA levels in terms of performance, which stays high for the entire life of the tire, as well as remarkable mileage that is at least 15% more than the Angel ST. The typical Pirelli sports attitude and top notch performance on wet roads goes along with this feature thanks to an in depth study of the compounds and geometry as well as the positioning of the grooves in the tread.

In fact, the unique nature of the Angel GT lies precisely in the fact that its excellent characteristics suffer limited deterioration as it eats up kilometers, all the way to the end of the product’s life cycle. Pirelli sums up this property as “Performance Mileage”.

Angel GT is the natural descendant of the Angel ST, a tire with multiple victories under its belt in the sport touring comparison tests conducted by the most prestigious international motorcycling magazines. Compared to its predecessor, Angel GT substantially increases mileage, grip and handling in the wet and, even more importantly, is able to maintain those properties at a high level over time.

The tread design on the Angel GT is an evolution of the Angel ST tread in technological terms because it was designed for the primary purpose of providing regular wear and excellent water drainage guaranteed by both the front tire and by the new arrangement of the grooves on the rear tire.

As regards the compounds, the Angel GT is a dual blend that uses a compound designed to obtain high mileage at the center, while the compound on the shoulders is different with a high silica content in order to guarantee exceptional performance even in the wet.

The high mileage was obtained by using latest generation compounds and also thanks to completely brand new profiles, redesigned to work in synergy with the structure and the construction materials: all of this works together to obtain a sport touring tire that still maintains the sports nature typical of the Pirelli brand.

Angel GT is therefore the ideal tire for those riders who want to travel long distances with a passenger and the bike fully loaded, or who simply take a ride in the country, but also for those who want to use their bikes all year round, both for recreation and commuting. All of this is true no matter what bike is used, whether a touring bike, a street enduro, naked or sport bike.

For the Multistrada 1200, 1200 S Touring and 1200 S Pikes Peak versions, Ducati confirmed the Pirelli Scorpion Trail as the standard equipment tire in 190/55 R17 on the rear and 120/70 R17 for the front. Suitable for street enduro motorcycles, also capable of long trips and excursions with light off-road sections, Pirelli Scorpion Trail tires are sporty on the road, but able to effectively get clear on unpaved surfaces as well.

They have an innovative tread design which combines high level performance with modern design, using 0° steel belt technology in order to ensure superior stability and excellent handling on any type of road surface, even under a full load. The Scorpion Trail compound, recently revamped with latest generation components, allows better traction in any weather conditions and improved mileage.

The tread is the first in its category with a design that only repeats itself four times. This allows a longer, unique and aggressive design to be obtained which guarantees traction and control even on unsurfaced roads. The drainage ability and its anti-aquaplaning capacity are ensured by the geometry of the drainage grooves and in particular, the groove profiles are variable width and able to displace even standing water.

The structure is available in two versions:

  •        Standard, for less powerful bikes with a more marked off-road attitude
  •        Radial with 0° steel belting, perfect to withstand the power of modern Enduro touring bikes

The front tire, thanks to the zero degree steel belt, provides the rider with full control and precision in curves, even in critical conditions. Furthermore, the layout of the steel belt around the profile is denser closer to the shoulder and lighter toward the center, providing absolute stability in a straight line as well as high speed and extreme precision in turns.

The rear compound features a very high percentage of Silica and is able to provide good grip in the wet and the option of a quick warm-up without sacrificing traction on hot and humid roads or in a wide spectrum of weather conditions.